Contrasting Leardership Styles: Uhuru Kenyatta v. Raila Odinga...
After years of studying the leading presidential candidate, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and his rival Raila Amollo Odinga, I have learnt a number of contrasting leadership characteristics worth further scrutiny:-
1) Where Uhuru is a macro-manager, his nemesis is a micro-manager. If the two were contesting to be County Governor probably Raila had the preferred qualities but for Kenyan presidency Uhuru has the quality needed.
A macro-manager is a delegator with his eyes on but his hands are off which is suitable talent to have in managing the economy of a nation. A micro-manager is the one has both his eyes on and his hands on and is a poor delegator because though he delegates responsibilities but is often notorious for intrusiveness. If the duo were running for a lesser post like senator or parliamentarian you probable will do well with a micro-manager because you are more concerned with precision than interactive participation which is key in presidential obligations.
2) On personal level, Uhuru has proved himself to be issues leader where his opponent is personality obsessed. During the ongoing campaigns Raila has been busier mudslinging his main rival in Uhuruto and his beef is largely drawn from the ICC despite kenyan election law paving way for the duo to run for public office! In Kenyan constitution, the integrity test calls for adhering unto one is innocent until one is convicted by the court of law and all avenues of appeal have been thoroughly exhausted. Such a scenario has not been exhausted rendering all wolf cries pretty much premature and speculative.
Uhuru campaign is shaped into delivering the dream of new Kenya where education, health and access to water will be the main themes of his administration. Such qualities are rare in Kenyan ethnic obsessed nation.
3) Both Uhuru and Raila if lucky enough to form the government are unlikely to apportion large portions of positions to their member of tribes because of gauzy MOUs they have entered with a number of political parties. On nepotism aspect we do not expect either of them to stray too far beyond what a general public can stomach despite Raila's history to the contrary.
Again, grudgingly, I have to give them a draw there.
4) On freedom of expression, Raila is less tolerant than Uhuru and is likely to muzzle the press knowing his past history but Uhuru is more liberal and more likely to let the press police itself.
5) Both Uhuru and his serious threat to the presidency; Raila, are likely to have more Mps and senators than any other political grouping. Whoever loses is expected to marshal the opposition from afar; with a seminal remote control, since he will not be part of establishment.
Uhuru is likely to let his assistants run the show but Raila through his ODM is likely to prefer calling the shots from within. Where the presidential loser's presence in political scene may not necessarily be a bad thing but for the betterment of the nation it pays if the loser go to retirement rather than exploiting top party position to rock the cradle from without! Whoever loses this election is most likely to be embittered and be more confrontational which in itself a good reason to ensure he goes home quietly.
For uhuru who said he will be happy to come to Bongoland and be an ambassador looks possible to gleefully come to terms with a low political profile but for raila who is on record boasting it is either this election or never.....it is difficult to know where his future lies after this election assuming the electorate dump him.
6) Both Uhuru and Raila are likely to work hard to placate the electorate since they will both be eyeing the next election in five years for re-election. If they falter on performance it will be more likely because of unintentional blunders...........
7) On political tolerance, Uhuru picks the highest marks because he has no grudge and that is easily gainsaid of Raila's aura of getting his way......or facing the highway!
8) Uhuru is more likely to accept the verdict of the voters knowing he has that envious record from 2002 where he humbly conceded presidential race, in public, to Kibaki but Raila being a demagogue is likely to reject the outcome outright and create a political fracas with only one selfish intent to stay relevant in Kenyan political landscape.
9) Both Uhuru and Raila are scions of powerful political dynasties in Kenya and neither should claim a genuine pro-poor earmarks despite Raila swashbuckling to the contrary particularly to the unsuspecting Kibera & Luo Nyanza hoi poloi.
10) Raila, a darling of the Western imperial powers, is likely to forge a more "aid" enduring environment to Kenyans but Uhuru, a darling of local entrepreneur, will stifle that Uncle Sam's hypocritical altruism.
Local Kenyan entrepreneur community; now backing fully with cash the Jubilee political onslaught, is nervous of being replaced by Euro-centric conglomerates that are quietly positioning to take over Kenyan economy under the guises of ICC! In fact, I will sternly add that ICC which some of us are lauding with standing ovation is merely a re-colonizing tool of Western imperialism and the less we Africans have anything to do with it, the better we will govern ourselves.
Whichever Kenyans pick between the dueling presidential hopefuls there are both advantage and costs involved and there is no free lunch from either of them!
Last edited by Rutashubanyuma; 19th January 2013 at 15:27.
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